The Mesmerizing Curves of Ampersands

Typography can be a beautiful thing — words positioned strategically on a page; the way letterforms take shape; varying weights on a beautifully designed typeface… and who can overlook the sweeping, magnificent curves and lines of the ampersand?

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Below are 30+ beautifully designed ampersands that not only serves as an “and per se” symbol, but as a mesmerizing design element on its own. The ampersands below are both from free and paid fonts sites and foundries, with links. NOTE: (*) indicates non-free fonts.

adinekirnberg
Download

adorable
Download

angie
*Download

ballpark
Download

baskerville
*Download

batang
Download

bellmt
*Download

bickham
*Download

bookantiqua
*Download

bradlosans
Download

buffetscript
Download

cliffordeighteen
*Download

cliffordnine
*Download

cooperblack
*Download

creampuff
Download

didot
*Download

enge
Download

fertigopro
Download

fontesque
*Download

goudyoldstyle
*Download

guanine
Download

harrington
Download

mido
Download

monotypecorsiva
*Download

nexusserif-italics
*Download

oneleigh
*Download

parable
*Download

saracen
*Download

savoye
*Download

textile
*Download

trajan
*Download

What is your favorite ampersand?



Discussion and Comments

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  1. Caroline B. says:

    Great list! I love ampersands. My faves are Bickham, the two Cliffords and Adorable.

  2. Kate says:

    Brilliant resource, and lots of beautiful ampersands; I too am fixated with their form. I might actually reblog some of my favourites in the future, if you don’t mind.

  3. medyum says:

    Ah, this was so relaxing to read! I downloaded that Mido font, it looks very neat.

  4. It is really cool designing and curves are amazing indeed.

  5. Thanks for very helpful tips about fonts – they are really useful for users.

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  7. ring says:

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  8. Nice…but the ultra nice is the Bickham Pro…very sexy sweepy.

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  12. nicolas says:

    This is really interesting. I love those different shapes of the ampersand.

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  14. Great Collection. Ampersands always seem to take a typeface one step further if done correctly.

  15. medyum says:

    This is really interesting. I love those different shapes of the ampersand.

  16. The ampersands are a must for elegance.

  17. janet says:

    i found this ampersand on ffffound and i really want to know what it is!

    http://ffffound.com/image/a9b2063be5e5cdd1850c5921e50ccdfa4470565e

  18. wow I downloaded many of them as these fonts are fresh and neat.

  19. I like the Guanine one the most out of all of them.

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  21. I could never write an actual ampersand by hand, I would always do the “and” symbol in reverse…lol

  22. I love ampersands, mine always come out as adine kirnbergs

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  24. ERP Software says:

    Lovely ampersands and the attention to details is breathtaking

  25. i like trajan pro, seems really great one

  26. Kalender says:

    wow, i downloaded some of them – thank you for this post.

  27. I never though ampersands can be written in so many way. It’s so elegant.

  28. Wow that’s really nice….I like “Ballpark” very much….

  29. spiele says:

    more than half of them are just fantastic!

  30. CDub says:

    Great List!
    But no love for Caslon Italic or Caslon 540 Italic?! I love those two.
    They are similar to cliffordEighteen and cliffordNine above, but a little more delicate, and over all better….IMO.

  31. medyum says:

    Wow that’s really nice….I like “Ballpark” very much…….

  32. It always amazes me how many different ways there are to write a single character. All instantly recognizable too. I heart typography.

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